Overview of the Dosha (includes relation to chakra and suggested job roles)

Vata dosha

Attributes

Slim build. Either quite small or very tall. Long limbs. Small facial features sometimes with a protruding nose. Dry lips and skin, small eyes, likely dark in colour. Bony. Curly hair or dry hair. Cold hands and feet.

Excitable, speaks fast, poor memory, curious, people pleasing, loves chatting, creative, optimistic, loves to move and dance around, loves feeling free and does not like to be controlled, too much routine is not good for them as they can become quickly obsessed with it but they need some, irregular appetite, obsessive, easily emotional, disorganised (often late for things), fast thinking.

Aggravated (these are things you might see in someone with vata imbalance, but this might not be their original dosha but we must treat the imbalance first).

Anxiety, insomnia, dry skin/eczema (can lead to asthma), weight loss, bloating, chronic fatigue/ ME, paralysis, motor neurone disease, dementia, osteoporosis and bone disorders, aching joints, weak bones, dizziness, insecurity, hyperactivity, cramps, palpitations, chills; poor circulation, talking too fast, difficulty in swallowing, dryness of the throat, constipation, OCD, eating disorders.

Main causes of Vata imbalance

  • Habitual use of food having identical properties to Vata dosha such as dry, cold, light or rough foods

  • Inadequate quantities of food; fasting; excessive weight loss

  • Excessive exercise (specially aerobic)

  • Inadequate sleep; not sleeping at night and sleeping during the day

  • Excessive talking and laughing; keeping bad company

  • Prolonged exposure to loud music or loud sounds

  • Suppression of natural urges such as hunger, thirst, urination, elimination, yawning, burping, flatulence, accidents, obstruction of marma points

  • Horse riding

  • Excessive fast travel (planes, trains and automobiles)

  • Excessive exposure to the sun

  • Excessive meditation; isolation

  • Exposure to cold and windy conditions

  • Excessive thinking

  • Excessive concentration; excessive exposure to electronic media

Treatment for Vata imbalances

  • Oleation (internal and external) - application and massage using warm oils

  • Ingestion of foods which are sweet, sour and salty (mashed potato, broths, soups, stews, lightly spiced curry, coconut oil, creamy foods, warm and wet foods)

  • Warm oil bath (applying oil to the body before bathing)

  • Drugs of hot potency (in order to induce heat such as ginger or black pepper)

  • Comfortable activities such as singing, listening to light music, walks, parks, children, non-competitive activities

Exercise:

Vata should do gentle exercise that is warming and relaxing, such as flowing yoga practices (not hot yoga), walking in nature, swimming, dancing, cycling.

Relation to the chakras:

Vata links with these chakra as vata sits in this part of the body and they are made of the same element:

Anahata chakra / heart chakra

  • Primordial element - air

  • It is the chakra of devotion, love and trust

  • There is a connecting pathway from heart to throat chakra

Vata has the strongest emotions and connection to this area.

As vata also occupies the throat chakra when vata dosha feels unable to express themselves and the emotions coming from their heart chakra often a blockage is created in the throat. This can take the form dryness, soreness or lack of speech/inability to think of words.

Vishuddha chakra / throat chakra

  • Throat region

  • Primordial element - space

  • Chakra of communication, the inner meets with the outer

  • Poor expression and communication can block chakra

  • By opening the chakra, one feels love and connection to self and others and it helps in improving creativity.

Jobs for Vata

Vata tends to enjoy and excel in jobs relating to people. Particularly either working in direct contact with clients on a daily basis or regularly working in a team where tasks are completed together.

  • Vata loves communication so any job involving this may be appropriate.

  • Vata is often creative so being in this field of work also might be good for them.

  • Vata like to be physical so a job containing physical activity might be good, but not with too much repetition.

  • Vata needs more time when doing paper work and organising as this is challenging for them, a job where this is the majority of the workload would not be appropriate.

  • Vata gets overwhelmed by things easily and so needs a good work/life balance. They are better suited doing part-time work or self employment.

  • Vata needs to feel autonomy and freedom, so a flexible working schedule where they can decide works a lot better to sustain a job.

  • They are good at persuasion and so jobs in sales can be fulfilling for them too.